Japanese language in the Scottish primary classroom

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The Scottish Government 1+2 Languages policy has seen the integration of L1 (i.e. mother tongue/home language), L2 (i.e. additional foreign language) and L3 (i.e. second additional foreign language) across Scottish primary schools. From 2020, every child in Scotland will be entitled to learn an additional language (L2) from Primary 1 (4-5 years old) onwards, and a second additional language (L3) by Primary 5 (8-9 years old). This entitlement continues until the end of S3 (13-14 years old) during the six years of secondary school.

This paper will focus on the development of Japanese teaching within the Scottish primary school context, and will explore the unique role that Japanese can have as schools seek an interdisciplinary approach that involves moving away from traditional subject divides. I will report a pilot study in which teaching materials were developed and evaluated during multiple visits to Scottish primary schools.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017
EventLanguages in the primary classroom - Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi), University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Jun 201723 Jun 2017


WorkshopLanguages in the primary classroom
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Japanese as a foreign language
  • young Japanese learners
  • language policy


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